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WBJ Reports Giant Grocery Store Coming to H St, NE

by Prince Of Petworth April 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm 23 Comments


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Michael Neibauer of WBJ has the scoop:

“A deal to put a Giant supermarket at Third and H streets NE two blocks from Union Station is imminent, sources tell the Washington Business Journal.”

There was a lot of speculation as to which grocery store would arrive. Folks were, understandably, pining for a Harris Teeter or Whole Foods. Those would certainly be great. And I know not everyone will agree with me, but I’ve been a big fan of the Giant in Columbia Heights. So overall I’d say this a great addition to the H Street, NE corridor.

Does anyone think Harris Teeter will ever open up another location in DC?

Update: Dang I forgot Harris Teeter is opening one up at 1st and M St, NE.

  • eric

    umm, yeah. 4 blocks from the Giant.. at 1st and M NE.

  • MT

    I think that’s great. Unlike those other stores, Giant is unionized and more accessible to a greater proportion of the population

    • Anonymous

      I was hoping for something a little less accessible to “a greater proportion of the population”

  • ed

    What’s wrong with Giant?

    Sure, I wish I could afford Whole Foods, but it is expensive. My friends and I call it “Whole Paycheck.”

  • Chris in Eckington

    Yes, a Harris Teater should be open by October or November at 1st and M NE. This has been in the works for quite some time, so there was never a question of them opening another one four blocks away.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Oops, I meant besides that one… Hahaha. My bad.

  • JRO

    Why is the fact that store is unionized a good thing? Might be the strangest comment I have ever seen on a blog. Does the union make the food taste better or make it more affordable?

    • da poo

      ummm. DUH! because when you support unions, you support blue collar workers. supporting blue collar workers either makes the rich kids seem sympathetic to the ‘everyman’s plight’, or it enables the working class to continue to struggle. either way it’s a win-win situation for those touting the virtues of the great american union.

      it’s like adopting a kid in nicaragua through the mail.

      wait.. what??

      • Unions

        Because without unions, workers would get screwed? Supporting a union workforce shows that unionized companies can do right and be profitable. “duh”

        • saf

          Indeed.

      • Crumb

        Also it means better jobs.

    • Betternot

      Unions – from the people who brought you the weekend. Feel free to take a time machine back to the 1800s.

    • re:>”Does the union make the food taste better…?”

      Only if you’re not a total douche-lord who only thinks about himself.

      re:>”DUH! because when you support unions, you support blue collar workers.supporting blue collar workers either makes the rich kids seem sympathetic to the ‘everyman’s plight’, or it enables the working class to continue to struggle.”

      Yes, because the non-union Cadillac-cashiers of Harris Teeter are white collar, though with no collective bargaining power.

      I do not understand why it is a bad thing to you people that some of us care where our money goes. Some of us like to vote with our dollars. I hardly ever shop at the Giant in Columbia Heights because I like to support smaller local businesses, but when I need to, I will go there before I go to Harris Teeter in AdMo because Giant is unionized.

      More often than not commenters on this blog disappoint me.

      • John

        “I hardly ever shop at the Giant in Columbia Heights because I like to support smaller local businesses, but when I need to, I will go there before I go to Harris Teeter in AdMo because Giant is unionized. ”

        Please do enlighten me as to why the the employees who are able to benefit from higher than normal wages in a unionized store are somehow more deserving of your business than non-unionized workers at Harris Teeter.

    • John

      I agree. Unions benefit their own employees at the expense of other workers by lowering employment in the unionized industry.

  • Crumb

    Giant is a 20th century company moving to a place paved by gentrifiers with 21st century tastes.

    While most neighbors are probably happy, those that helped to fight to make this happen
    must be a bit bummed since they were hoping for something that provided more varied foodstuffs than giant sells.

    • You ‘paved’ in the same way Columbus ‘discovered’ the Americas. You fought to make what happen? Give me a brake.

      When a high end store thinks it can make money it will enter the market.

  • I’m generally happy with the new Giant Stores. I live in Eckington so I really won’t be shopping at this store but I am very excited about the Harris Teeter opening in NOMA.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Oh man, I mixed up Trader Joes with Harris Teeter. I need more coffee…

  • PetworthRes

    So there will be both a Harris Teeter and a Giant…all the better. I think a mix of grocery stores is great. I have to say though…I will be shopping at the Harris Teeter!

  • H street resident

    I wish it were a trader joes. We’ve got plenty of traditional grocery stores around there (and more coming).

  • there is another harris teeter coming to the navy yard area as well. they’ve signed a letter of intent for the area just east of the DOT building.

    FWIW, i shop at HT because it’s not unionized.

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